In St. Louis: Awakenings Touches the Soul

June 16, 2022 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Before Awakenings was a new opera by Tobias Picker, premiering at Opera Theater of St. Louis last week, it was a ballet, with a score also by Picker (completely different from the opera), as well as a 1990 film starring Robert DeNiro, and the … » Read


AMOC Runs Amuck at Ojai: Two Views

June 15, 2022 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
For 75 years, the Ojai Music Festival, located in the Ojai Valley north of Los Angeles, has presented a three-day weekend packed full of performances curated by a music director chosen for a one-year term. More often than not, an individual has … » Read


Janácek’s Mr. Broucek: An Ugly Duckling Becomes a Witty Swan

June 15, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON--With its quaint local color and swirling cinematic dramaturgy, The Adventures of Mr. Broucek is the trickiest of Janácek’s operas to pull off. Get it wrong and it comes across as a rambling bit of folkish whimsy, or worse, an … » Read


In SF: Sellars and Salonen Stage Strange Stravinsky Doubleheader

June 14, 2022 | Steven Winn, Musical America
“Citizens: Listen! Look!” With that arresting command, declaimed from the stage of Davies Symphony Hall by actress Breezy Leigh, a June 11 San Francisco Symphony program devoted to Stravinsky’s Oedipus rex and Symphony of Psalms … » Read


Overblown Staging Obscures La Scala's La Gioconda

June 13, 2022 | James Imam, Musical America
MILAN--While Amilcare Ponchielli’s La Gioconda was an instant hit when it premiered at La Scala in 1876, the opera is rarely performed today. Casting its six big leading roles is no easy task, and barely credible elements of the story, not … » Read


Orfeo at Garsington: Transcendent

June 9, 2022 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LONDON--Garsington Opera launched its six-week summer season with two key repertory operas in productions touched with greatness. The restaging of John Cox’s 2004 Cos ì fan tutte , a modern classic first seen in San Francisco as well … » Read


Pappano Unearths Italian Rarities with the LSO

June 8, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON--Anyone wondering how Sir Antonio Pappano’s tenure as chief conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra—beginning September 2024—might differ from that of current incumbent Sir Simon Rattle should consider this dazzling … » Read


Trifonov Tackles Bates's New Concerto in San Francisco

June 7, 2022 | Steven Winn, Musical America
SAN FRANCISCO--In his new Piano Concerto, Mason Bates doesn’t employ any of the electronica or DJ stylings that earmark a number of the composer’s other works. But when the piece received its first West Coast performances June 2-5, it … » Read


Hwood Bowl Centennial Season Opens
in a Varied, Vibrant, Blowout

June 6, 2022 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
HOLLYWOOD – Once upon a time, the programs at Hollywood Bowl were called “Symphonies Under the Stars.” These days, symphonies are still performed under the stars at the 100-year-old, 17,500-seat amphitheater, but they no … » Read


Siegfried: Festival Opera Among the Cotswolds

June 3, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON -- Nestling in the heart of the Cotswolds, Longborough Festival Opera was the brainchild of Martin and Lizzie Graham. In 1996, they reconstructed a barn on their Moreton-in-Marsh property to create an intimate 500-seat theater. The … » Read

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